Orange County Business Journal

NB Law Office Combines with Sacramento Firm

Jane Yu Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corp. in Sacramento has expanded into Orange County through a combination with Waldron & Bragg LLP, a litigation firm in Newport Beach.

Waldron & Bragg’s five attorneys will bring the combined firm’s total number of lawyers to more than 70, including those at its Beverly Hills and San Francisco offices. The firm will operate under the Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin name.

Sherry Bragg, who has been the managing partner at Waldron & Bragg, will join the firmwide executive committee and continue to oversee the Newport Beach office.

A key objective of the merger “is to expand out the real estate and corporate practices,” said Michael Kvarme, Weintraub Tobin’s managing shareholder. “We have found that there are a lot of similarities between the clientele in OC and Sacramento. For instance, we were interested [in the deal] particularly because a lot of or real estate clients had begun doing business in Southern California, particularly in the OC and San Diego areas.”

The firm’s other practice areas include entertainment law, banking and finance, intellectual property and bankruptcy.

Weintraub Tobin has grown over the past few years through a handful of mergers, including one between Weintraub Genshlea Chediak and San Francisco-based Tobin & Tobin in 2012.

The firm later that year merged with Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman & Grodin in Beverly Hills.

“As we grew and stretched throughout the state a bit more, we became more aware of the needs of our clients that are more statewide than just to a specific market,” spokesperson Leslie DuFresne said.

Kvarme said the firm continues to primarily focus on California clients for now.

“We get contacted periodically by national and international firms, all of whom want to break into the California market,” he said. “There’s more than enough for us to do here. We’ve had some interest of expanding Nevada, [but] there’s not a huge strategic drive there. We have our hands full at this point.”